When to start Embrace Scar Therapy Strips?

My PS has advised me against using any other scar therapy except their in house solution, which I've already run out of within a week at $40 a bottle. I will say that I may have been overusing it to run out this soon..... But, I'm very interested in using the Embrace strips and have already purchased a 3 mo supply. I want to know when I can start to use them. I'll be 2 weeks PO tomorrow and when cleaning the incision today I had scabs particles flaking on my towel. Is it too soon to use them?

Doctor Answers 5


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It is advised that you begin Embrace therapy within 2 weeks of your procedure and treat for 8 weeks.  I sit on the medical advisory board for Neodyne and wish you well in your recovery.  Hope this helps.
Dr. Ali Mosharrafa

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Hidef scar therapy vs. Embrace scar patches for surgical scars

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I would use a Hidef scar therapy approach vs. static Embrace scar patches. This would include pulsed dye laser, Plato's Scar Serum, fractional laser, and tension free approach.


Dr. Karamanoukian

#realself100 Surgeon

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Embrace Active Scar Defense

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While all plastic surgeons have their own preferences in scar therapies, Embrace Active Scar Defense is a great option for patients. It is applied once an incision is closed, which is typically 1-2 weeks after surgery. While every person does heal at their own pace, 2 weeks postop is an ideal window for beginning treatment. Each Embrace strip lasts for up to 10 days before reapplication is needed, and treatment should continue for 8-10 weeks. Once completing treatment with Embrace, patients can help further reduce the appearance of their scars by transitioning to a silicone scar gel. Scar therapies are best used early in the healing process, so it is great that you are doing your research. It is important to follow-up with your board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure proper healing and your satisfaction. Good luck in your recovery!

Jerome H. Liu, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Start 14 to 24 days after surgery.

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Thanks for your question. You want to start Embrace after the remodeling phase of wound healing starts. I typically recommend starting between day 14 to 24 after surgery. Best, Dr. Aldo

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 214 reviews

When to start Embrace Scar Therapy Strips?

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Each surgeon has their own preferances and recommendations when it comes to post operative care. I recommend patients start using a scar cream at 6 weeks post operative. You should address your question with your surgeon. 


Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 517 reviews

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